As Christians, we often find ourselves fighting to keep our focus on the REAL meaning of Christmas. Many people focus on family time and how blessed we are to have one another. Some people focus on Jesus birth and the baby lying in a manger. It’s easy to think of Jesus – innocent and vulnerable – lying there in a manger amongst the cattle and other animals.
But ultimately, Christmas is about something much bigger. Much larger. Much harder for us to fully comprehend.
Christmas is not simply about Jesus’ birth. It is about Jesus’ death. Of course, he had to come to earth – take on human form – live in human flesh among us.
God with us.
But His story – OUR story does not end there. If it did, Jesus’ life would not matter. If he grew up and died for all mankind it would not have been enough.
Christmas – as much as Easter – is about Christ’s victory over death. It is about the war – that eternal battle that wages on – already won by our Lord and Saviour – born of a virgin – crucified upon a cross –
Risen Again and seated at the Right Hand of God.
THAT is the ultimate gift of Christmas. No other gift that can compare.
Jesus Christ fulfilled more than 300 Messianic prophecies in order to fulfill God’s plan of redemption for humankind. His death sealed the fate of our enemy – the defeated one – and offers life to all who believe.
When you think of the real meaning of Christmas – don’t just leave baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Don’t stop in amazement at the wonder of an angelic chorus revealing the Messiah’s birth to shepherds in a field. Don’t just focus on the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to Him and how we need to give to others.
Focus on our Redeemer and King – the VICTOR – holding the keys to death and Hades.
And the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead). Revelation 1:8 ~Amplified
For without His birth – His death – and His resurrection – there would be no Christmas.